Another busy week for year 5! This week, we spent a lot of time learning about Chinese New Year and all of its traditions. The class learned how to do Chinese calligraphy using traditional tools and ink made of coal. We also learned how to use chop sticks properly so that on Tuesday, when we get to Chinatown, we can all celebrate using chopsticks! During our whole school assembly we got a special treat! Some of the members of our class wrote a rap song in both English and Mandarin and made a music video for it! A few of us also got interviewed about what we knew (or didn’t know) about Chinese New Year. Our very own celebrities! I have attached the links to the videos at the bottom of this post. You can also find them, and more pictures from this weeks festivities, on the Mandarin blog.
In maths, we have continued our work with fractions. We learned how to add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers this week. Next week, we will continue with adding and subtracting, expanding on what we have learned.
In English, we have continued our work with the Unforgotten Coat. This week we wrote in the perspective of the main character, retelling a critical moment in the book. We had to write in the past tense and use lots of emotion to retell exactly what was happening.
In our project topic of Ancient Egypt, we have been looking at maps and the Nile River. We learned where Egypt was in the world and where it belongs on a map. We also were able to find some really cool landmarks in Egypt on Google Maps. We learned that the Nile River is the longest river in the world (approximately 6,800 km). Longer in fact, than the distance from Rosendale Primary School to Toronto, Canada where I am from! That distance is ONLY 5,700 km!
Next week will be super exciting as we have TWO trips in a row! How lucky! Monday we are off to the British Museum to further explore our topic on Ancient Egypt and have a look at all of the great artifacts the museum has. On Tuesday, we will be heading to Chinatown to practice Mandarin, our chopstick skills and enjoy a delicious lunch! A special thanks to all of our parent volunteers!
Have a great weekend! See you next week! 🙂